The idea of making resolutions to improve oneself is commendable, but we should carefully consider the kind of resolutions we make.
The spiritual new man is one who is reconciled to God and has chosen to collaborate with Him in creating a totally new mind—one just like Christ's!
Who or what is the new man? Charles Whitaker explains that the new man is Jesus Christ Himself, living in us by His Spirit!
Why must we put leaven out, yet we do not have to circumcise our baby boys? Is deleavening 'Old Covenant'?
New Year's resolutions fail because they are too unrealistic or too many. If we set spiritual goals like many set New Year's resolutions, we will fail.
Paul describes the Christian life as a process of change: from the old man to the new man. However, we typically resist change because it is difficult.
Richard Ritenbaugh, recapping the essentials of Cal Newport's book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, affirms that following our passions can be dangerous career counsel unless we put the concept in context. Following our passions only applies if we invest the career capital to perfect our craft, honing our skills so that other …
John Reid warns of an impending time when Satan will provide us a "test act" to determine whether we will conform to the image of the Beast or face grave, life-threatening consequences. Likewise, God the Father and Jesus Christ have also provided a "test act" determining whether we will stay loyal to God's …
Martin Collins, reflecting on an incident years ago when a member of God's church exclaimed 'I don't mind being Laodicean; they are part of God's church too,' felt an inward horror that one would not mind remaining lukewarm and subject to being vomited out. The Laodicean temperament falls seriously short in promoting the …
Our lives must be totally wrapped up in Christ, exemplifying His character. As we overcome, taking the same steps as Christ did, we will receive His reward.
The Scriptures prove that Christ alone bears our sins and takes them from us; we have no power to cast our burdens upon Christ, nor dump sins on the cross.
Much of Protestantism misconstrues the significance of the New Covenant as a 'free pass into Heaven' without paying attention to the Law within the Covenant.
God instructs us to be living sacrifices. Too many drag this change out over decades, thereby self-limiting the process of sanctification.
The top priority for the Israel of God is to cooperate with Him as He develops godly character through their mortifying the old man and putting on the new man.
[Editor's note - Audio Quality improves at 5m30s] Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the spring cleaning associated with deleavening, reminds us that God is a God of order, sustaining and upholding all things, and encourages us to clean, maintain, dress and keep, improving what He has given us. As God's creation, He works to make …
God possesses attributes that are His alone, like omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. But there are other attributes that become part of our new nature.
While most of the world's Christians understand the sacrificial theme of the Passover, they fail to grasp the knowledge of actively overcoming sin, largely because of the concepts of 'free' grace and 'unconditional' forgiveness taught by Protestant theologians. They forget the covenantal aspect of our relationship with God; …
The Parable of the Cloth and the Wineskins concludes a much longer narrative. The context and reveals deeper meanings and applications of the parable.
John Ritenbaugh reiterates that God is a working God, creating holy, righteous, divine character with the goal of recreating man in His image. From the time of our justification until our glorification in God's Kingdom, it almost seems 'downhill,' with sanctification being a difficult road. Works are not only required during …
Obedience to God's instructions brings a Christian excellent benefits, and one of the greatest of these is working with God to grow in righteous character.
Magic is always used as some kind of weapon, but not to build or develop moral strength or character. God chooses a life-long process of sanctification.
In Colossians 2:16 and Galatians 4:9-10, Paul was warning against mixing Gnostic asceticism and pagan customs with the keeping of God's Sabbath and Holy Days.
As God tests His people, He desires that they test and prove His Laws to demonstrate that they invariably work, to prove these principles by following them.
Although we have physical-chemical existence, we do not yet have God's quality of life. The key quality of eternal life is a vibrant relationship with God.
The process of conversion is actually God's workmanship creating a new spiritual being with godly spiritual character- the image of Christ.
If we surrender to God, allowing Him to shape character in us, He will enable us to live in hope, giving us direct access to Him, giving us a more abundant life.